There’s plenty of information online advising us how to prepare for job interviews and even telling us what to say once we’re there. Many candidates are left confused what do do after the interview stage however so here are some great tips which could even help you to secure the role.
Even if you’re not interested in the job, always make an effort to follow up because the feedback provided can really help with future interviews. It also shows the employer that you’re enthusiastic and this very much could go in your favour when it comes to deciding who to hire.
Nobody likes rejection but even if you’ve been unsuccessful, listen to what your interviewer has to say. It could be an innocent mistake you’re making that you’re not aware of and remaining oblivious to it could hurt your chances of succeeding in your next interview as well.
Bear in mind that although employers look favourably upon those who follow up with a simple thank-you, they do not want you to harass them until they’ve made a decision. Although you want to come across as keen, you don’t want to seem desperate.
Run through the interview
When we walk out of a job interview we normally get a gut feeling about whether or not it went well. If you’re feeling terrible because you know you didn’t put on your best performance, it’s natural to want to put it to the back of your mind and forget it ever happened.
Even if you give yourself a day or two to get over it, make sure you go back and address what went wrong. Maybe the interviewer was taken aback about your lack of research about the company, there may have been a couple difficult questions you stumbled on and that threw you or perhaps it has just been so long since you had a last interview that you’re out of practice.
Assessing what went wrong and why it went wrong can stop you from making the same mistakes in future interviews.
Whether you’re working directly with the company who is recruiting or you’re going through a recruitment agency, make sure you keep the lines of communication open at all times.
If you’re going through an agency for example, make sure you phone them after the interview to let them know how it went and how you would like to progress. If they don’t hear from you then they will assume you’re not keen, even if you are. Also remember that even if that particular role wasn’t quite right for you, it doesn’t mean they don’t have other jobs that might be a better fit. If they never hear from you again though it’s unlikely that they will consider you for other positions.
If you would like help finding your next job, please feel free to contact Choralis Consultants and we will be more than happy to help.